‘Cheer’ star La’Darius Marshall suspended by sport’s governing bodies

Celebrity cheerleader La’Darius Marshall, who rose to fame after appearing on Netflix's “Cheer” docuseries, has been suspended by cheerleading’s governing bodies related to a potential violation of the sport’s athlete protection policies.

Marshall, 24, has been added to the list of banned or suspended participants maintained by USA Cheer and the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF). He is listed as temporarily ineligible pending an investigation.

No information about what prompted the suspension was provided. USASF’s athlete protection policies cover a range of issues including emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. Marshall and USASF officials did not respond to requests for comment. USA Cheer Executive Director Lauri Harris, in an email, said the report in "this instance" was received by USASF.

"They have investigative jurisdiction and placed the individual in question on the temporary ineligible list," she said.

La'Darius Marshall, center, rose to fame after appearing in the Netflix docuseries "Cheer" in 2020.

Marshall appeared in seasons 1 and 2 of the popular Netflix docuseries, which followed Texas’ Navarro College cheerleading team, and was one of the show’s breakout stars.

In September 2020, Marshall’s friend and "Cheer" co-star, Jerry Harris, was arrested by the FBI and charged with several federal crimes including producing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to two charges for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in the bathroom during a cheer competition and paying a 17-year-old boy to send him sexually explicit photos and videos.

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